Endgame essentials : Triangulation

Endgame essentials : Triangulation

Mar 27, 2018, 5:10 AM |

Perhaps like me you struggled cultivating an appetite for endgames principles and ideas?  To be sure they are often an acquired taste, especially if one peruses the rather formidable tomes published on the subject.  Depending upon who you ask the number of essential endgame positions that a chess player needs to know varies from a couple of dozen to over three hundred.  The good news is that much in the same way that combinations are constructed with particular motifs like pins, forks etc, complex endgame positions can be solved by combining elementary endgame principles and techniques like opposition, triangulation, the square of the pawn etc.


 Capa played the endgame like a boss

 One of the methods that can help us to acquire a taste for the endgame is to find exciting chess games where the principles and ideas are actually utilised in chess praxis.  Believe it or not gentle reader this proved to be more difficult that I had originally anticipated and i began to wonder if they only existed in chess literature and not in the real world.  Thankfully I managed to source a game from 1922 where triangulation was evident and the game forcefully executed in scintillating fashion by former chess world champion Max Euwe against his opponent, the wonderfully named Hendrik van Hartingsvelt.


Former World Champion, Max Euwe.

The game itself (apart from the use of triangulation) is pretty awesome in its own right.  Max Euwe first of all sacrifices a pawn for open lines and a slight lead in development and then sacrifices a piece for two pawns to liquidate blacks pawn formation utilising various tactical motifs in the process.  I produce it here for your enjoyment with some little annotations.  It is ultimately my hope that I can inculcate in you an interest in the endgame which admittedly can be a rather dry and somewhat acquired taste.  Games like the following make it a lot easier to digest.  There is also a video presentation of the material should you be so inclined and various links where you can study the game or play the position against a computer. 



My thanks as ever go to the artists and musicians who made their work so freely available and to the Open source software community for providing the software to make these presentations.







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